Parsons police are investigating reported gunfire from Monday night that damaged a Parsons restaurant.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 9:05 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of South 25th Street. Responding officers spoke to witnesses who heard the gunshots. The officers were told that an older white four door Ford car was possibly involved. 

While officers looked for the vehicle, investigators found three shell casings in the street. The intended target of the shooting is unknown, although officers located what appeared to be a bullet hole in the metal siding of Peter’s Chinese Restaurant. It does not appear the restaurant was the target. A partial bullet fragment was recovered. 

Witnesses who heard the gunshots could not positively identify the target or the suspects. Police are still investigating. 

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, “We hope that the victim or a witness can give us a better lead to follow. This incident could have left an innocent bystander injured or dead. Police can’t anticipate when shootings are going to occur and need the public help to close cases so we can put these criminals behind bars for the Labette County judicial system to decide a proper punishment.”

He said most criminal cases are closed because of good witnesses. He encourages citizens to “see it, hear it, report it” anytime they have a suspicion of illegal activity.

If anyone has further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, call the tip line at 421-7057 or email tips@parsonspd.com.

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